4.14.2011

Interview with actress Ashley Madekwe

* Image from Ashley Madekwe's blog 

Ashley Madekwe was an actress on The Beautiful Life with Sara Paxton and Mischa Barton, and you may recognize her as Bambi in Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Aside from acting, she is also represented by IMG and is trained as a flamenco and period dancer.
Ashley also has a great sense of style and  love for fashion. On her blog, she puts together fabulous outfits with pieces that range from Louboutins, to American Apparel.
You can view an episode with Ashley as Marissa on The Beautiful Life here.


Sarah Velasco: What is your funniest/ most ridiculous memory/most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Ashley Madekwe: I’m an angel and never get into any trouble

Sarah Velasco: What are five things you can’t live without?
Ashley Madekwe: In this order…
* my boy
* our cat
*my passport
*Balenciaga weekend bag
*Shu Uemura cleansing oil.

Sarah Velasco: What’s your motto/advice you live by?
Ashley Madekwe: I always that find that listening to Barbra Streisand sing ”don’t rain on my parade” on full blast makes everything better! I like the idea of carrying on despite what anyone says.

Sarah Velasco: I read you were a singer in addition to being an actress! What are your favorite songs to sing at the bar? In the car? At karaoke?
Ashley Madekwe: Lady marmalade, the DreamGirls soundtrack and anything by Dizee Rascal.

Sarah Velasco: Ten years from now what will your fans be able to expect from you? Or rather, what do you see yourself doing in ten years from now?
Ashley Madekwe: I’ll still be acting for sure. I’d like to keep my blog going and hopefully branch out into putting my ideas into accessories. I’m working on something like that at the moment. Can’t say what it is yet though!

Sarah Velasco: Career and fashion wise, who has influenced you the most?
Ashley Madewke: I’m influenced by street style all the time. The kids in London who work their looks to the fullest and always look so pulled together, I’m in awe of them.
I’m inspired by actresses who have long, full and varied careers. Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith… I love everything that Daniel Day Lewis does. Who doesn’t!?

Sarah Velasco: How did you get started?
Ashley Madekwe: I took myself to acting classes from age 11 and I kept on training all the time. I went to the BRIT school followed by RADA. My first acting job was at 16. A film called ‘Storm Damage’. It’s still one of the projects that I’m most proud of.

Sarah Velasco: Any advice to people who want to be in the business?
Ashley Madekwe: Keep training, reading plays and seeing theater. Remember that it is a profession and so you should be a professional!

Sarah Velasco: How would you describe your wardrobe and style?
Ashley Madekwe: Uncommitted and varied! I don’t stick to one look and love to try new things. I’m a fashion magpie! Always sidetracked by the next new thing.

Quick answers:
Favorite drink? Orange juice. No bits!
Fashion is…. Fun.. Or it should be!
If you were stranded on an island and could only take one piece of clothing with you it would be: Um…. A huge pashmina.
Worst trend? Crocs. Ugh.
Favorite actor/ actress Meryle Streep and Daniel Day Lewis
Funniest american world or saying: Douche bag